Want to browse through some of what we have in the library's collections related to American literary periods, authors, and works since the Civil War? Need some inspiration to help you decide on a specific topic to research? See some highlighted resources below.
Interested in borrowing one or more of these items? Our physical collections are not accessible to the public this semester, but you can request items using our Library to Go and Library to Go PLUS service. Entries and chapters of titles in the reference collections will need to be digitally scanned. Work with a librarian if you have questions or need help.
Trends & Events: experiences of individuals across segments of society, emotional intensity and experiences, frankness in subject matter and tone, natur and the natural world order
Authors: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, others
Trends & Events: documenting reality and truth, lives of the middle and working classes, human behavior, The Civil War and it's after effects, Reconstruction, the Age of Industrialism
Authors: Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Bret Harte, Kate Chopin, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Henry James, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Edith Wharton, others
Trends & Events: disillusionment, loss, nihilism, hope for change and progress, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, the Lost Generation, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II
Authors: Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, William Faulkner, William Carlos Williams, Hilda (H.D.) Doolittle, Ezra Pound, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Harriet Monroe, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, E.E. Cummings, Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, W.E.B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, others
Trends & Events: themes and subjects become broad and varied, The Beat Generation, The Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Women's Movement
Authors: Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, August Wilson, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, John Updike, John Cheever, Sylvia Plath, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gloria Anzaldua, Eudora Welty, Maxine Hong Kingston, Robert Penn Warren, Joan Didion, Thomas Pynchon, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou, Ha Jin, Sandra Cisneros, David Mamet, Louise Erdrich, Amy Tan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Richard Wright, Philip Roth, Tony Kushner, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz, Colson Whitehead, others